Contrary to what you may have heard about acupuncture it is not an esoteric “energy medicine”. Acupuncture works by directly affecting blood flow to areas of the body that need it most. It also works on the nervous system and stimulates the brain to send signals to diminish pain. The word Qi used when describing acupuncture actually means air or oxygen, not a mysterious invisible force flowing through the body. You may also have heard the word Meridian used when describing acupuncture, this was another mistranslation and what the ancients were actually referring to was simply blood vessels. They were aware of complex systems of the body including the cardiovascular and nervous system, well before it was documented in the West. Chinese medicine remains the most researched and used system of medicine by people in the world today and it’s history dates back thousands of years.
What is Community Acupuncture?
Community acupuncture offers treatment in a group setting as opposed to each person being in a private room. This is actually how it is done in Asia. The community room is filled with your choice of a comfy recliner, zero gravity chair or massage table. Being treated in a group setting also has been shown to have positive healing benefits. It is also practical for those coming in with friends or family members and many find it comforting to not be isolated during a treatment. Lastly this style makes it possible to offer treatments at a very affordable rate, about the same amount of an insurance co-pay. If this style doesn’t sound appealing to you, don’t worry because we offer private treatments as well.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
That really depends on many factors such as how severe the issue is, how long it has been there and how well someone responds to treatment. Acupuncture is a process and the benefits continue with ongoing treatments. One thing you should know is that it is generally not a quick fix. If you are coming in with pain there is a very good chance you will leave with close to no pain at all but it doesn’t mean it will not come back. The good thing is that if you do respond well from one treatment your chances of it staying away improve greatly if you stay consistent with your appointments. In general, for acute conditions expect about 10-15 treatments, for chronic, long term concerns that have been around for months or years it could require much more. We never want finances to stand in the way of you getting better, therefore we have treatment plans for all budgets, see the FAQ section for more info.
Your First Visit
If you decide to come in for a free consultation we will show you around our clinic, talk briefly about your health concerns to determine if we think we can help and we will explain the approach we take to getting you better faster. We will also explain the types of treatments we offer. You will leave with some forms to fill out and we will arrange for you to come in for another much longer visit, details below. Please note you will not be treated during the free consultation.
If you prefer to skip the free consultation and know you are ready to be treated, please tell us when you call, we will then ask you to download and fill out the intake forms before arrival if possible. During this first appointment we will conduct a very in depth health and medical history. We may ask you questions you aren’t used to hearing but we need to really understand what is causing your health concern in the first place. Of course if it is an acute injury we will focus on that but will still need to know about every aspect of your health. We will also educate you about acupuncture and Chinese medicine and how it differs from traditional allopathic medicine. Next we will do a variety of examinations which include observing your pulse and tongue. The treatment will come next, the number of needles we use will vary from person to person. You will then lay comfortably for about 45 minutes, after which we will remove the needles and give you some general recommendations for after the treatment. This first visit is always a private acupuncture treatment, not community style. We will also take any questions you may have during this first session. We want you to leave better educated about acupuncture in addition to feeling better. This appointment will take about 90 minutes so please allow enough time for it in your schedule.
Other Common Questions About Acupuncture
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Accupuncture has impacted my health & mobility in many positive ways.
Stephanie is so dedicated to her clients she truly cares about each & everyone & does all she can to not only to treat them but to help them understand the importance of taking care of your whole body.
It was recommended to me several times to give acupuncture a try for some back issues that I’ve been dealing with (3 bulging and 3 herniated disks). For those that know me, know that I work out – A LOT! And I refuse to give it up or cut back and surgery is just out of the question for me. So I finally gave in and gave acupuncture a try after a few recommendations. I decided to go to Fast Track to Health and speak with the doctor, Stephanie. From the moment I met her, I enjoyed speaking with her and found that she is very patient and knowledgeable in her field. She wanted me to come more than once a week but my schedule does not allow it so once a week it is! Every Monday night I look forward to going for my visit. Of course the unknown made me very nervous at first. I’m not a big fan of needles as I’m sure not many of you are, but trust me, they really do not hurt. Just a little pinch and that’s it. She then leaves you to relax with some very soothing music playing in the background. The time just flies by and by the time I’m done, I’m very relaxed. I never feel rushed when I go for my visit. She always takes the time to ask me many questions about my week and my pain levels and things like that. Very concerned about my well being and I can tell that she truly does care. I even get emails from her with some additional information to review and read up on so that I can become more familiar with some of the areas that she’s working on with me. She’s also helping me deal with some daily stress (that we all have) and some sleep issues that I’ve had for years. Not to mention the hot flashes that are coming now that I’m 50! All in all I have been very pleased with my progress; the pain is becoming more manageable day by day. I wish I could go more than once a week but that’s ok – it’s helping me! I highly recommend them! PS – And Carol at the desk is awesome! Always extremely pleasant and fun to be around!
Stephanie has helped me greatly with acupuncture treatments. I found Stephanie to be very knowledgeable and caring with her approach and treatment. I’m very impressed by her knowledge of nutrition, acupuncture and professionalism.
It always relaxes me that I end up sleeping !!! Stephanie is wonderful, if u have a problem, she is always looking & researching for a cure !!!! I have been going there almost since the opening!
After returning from China, my husband and I found Stephanie/Fast Track to Health. He, most of all, needed help with many issues, and Stephanie was terrific in counseling and generating the help we needed. We continue on this path over a year later; eating organic, taking the supplements and feel 100% better. Thanks Stephanie!
I love the Zen ACP treatment, truly the best way to let stress go and sail smoothly through a busy week. Nutrition testing is amazing and Stephanie has me right back on track with a better diet.
Carol & Steph are professional yet make you feel like family. The entire staff
are always smiling & friendly. I enjoy my acupuncture too.
Stephanie’s knowledge about how to get to the root cause of a chronic health issue is far greater than most in her field. She is a great acupuncturist and a diligent clinician. I highly recommend her.